21 Jun 2017

Eyes on the People: How Snowden Changed How the Government Operates

Over the course of early June 2013, Edward Snowden became a household name. By revealing classified NSA documents involving government global surveillance programs that ran in concert with allied governments and telecommunications companies, Snowden sent shockwaves throughout American government and society. It sparked a firestorm of activism and concern across

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11 Apr 2017

The Unseen Front: The Looming Spectre of Cyberwar

Traditionally, war is viewed as a direct conflict between two or more countries, the exception being civil war (infighting). The Cold War of the 1900s altered our perceptions and the “cyberwar” of the 2000s is certain to do the same. Yet what exactly qualifies as a “cyberwar?” Is it simply

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24 Jan 2017

How Brexit Could Inspire Americans to Action

Brexit was, is and will continue to be a messy event in the history of British and European relations history. The general public in the UK was swayed in the direction of voting for Brexit on false premises, misinformation and the promise of a better, safer and more secure future.

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12 Dec 2016

How to Look at the Government Beyond Media Spin

The media loves a good story. It boosts ratings, develops mass hysteria and frames an issue to help people form an opinion. In the world of journalism, this shaping of messages is more commonly referred to as spin. If you’re not aware of this tactic, you may not have total

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27 Oct 2016

State Governments and Corruption: Voters Are Not Heard

“One person, one vote” is the impression we’ve been given in the United States. The problem with that premise is that most people don’t even vote. Corruption is rampant, especially at the state level, where major votes frequently occur with little warning to the public and with little concern to

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07 Oct 2016

Will the Upcoming Election Launch a Cyberwar?

For many people, the term cyberwar sounds like something out of a movie. In many ways it is; the popular 1983 film “WarGames” brought the idea into the collective consciousness and reminded us of the risks involved with massive computer mainframes as a teenager managed to hack his way into

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21 Aug 2016

Global Warming: The People Who Profit From Environmental Fear

Whether you believe in climate change or not, some people are making huge profits off of other people’s fears. What should be treated as a global improvement effort has become (like so many other good causes) an opportunity to get rich by people in opportunistic positions. And while there’s really

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25 May 2016

How Congress Is Bringing America Down with It

“Is this the worst Congress ever?” seems to be something that’s said with increasing frequency these days (I distinctly remember in 2011 when I began to notice everyone saying it at least once an election) and the 114th speaker Paul Ryan doesn’t seem to be getting us out of that

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